URGENT UPDATE: OKLAHOMA CITY - Police acting on a tip arrested two white men on Sunday for a shooting spree in Tulsa that left three dead, two wounded and rattled the predominantly black neighborhood.
Tulsa police spokesman Jason Willingham said police were not prepared to label the shootings racially motivated hate crimes after the arrest of Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, on murder charges just before 2 a.m. (0600 GMT) Sunday.
"At this point we don't have a motive," Willingham said. "Obviously there's still a lot of investigation to do. Hopefully in the coming days we'll be more clear on what exactly the reason was."
TULSA, Okla. — Residents of Tulsa’s predominantly black north side said Saturday they’re afraid a shooter is still roaming their neighborhoods looking for victims after five people were shot — and three killed — a day earlier.
“We’re all nervous,” said Renaldo Works, 52, who was getting his hair cut at the crowded Charlie’s Angels Forever Hair Style Shop on Saturday morning. “I’ve got a 15-year-old, and I’m not going to let him out late. People are scared. We need facts.”
Police were waiting for the results of forensic tests, but investigators think the shootings were linked because they happened about the same time within a three-mile span, and all five victims were out walking when they were shot. All the victims were black, and community leaders met Friday evening in an effort to calm unrest.
“We have to handle this because there are a number of African-American males who are not going to allow this to happen in their neighborhood,” said the Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa NAACP. “We’re trying to quell the feeling of ‘let’s get someone’ and we will make as certain as we can that this isn’t pushed under the rug.”
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